I will rejoice

I hate resolutions. They’re counter productive and they make me feel like a mess.

But this year, in keeping with my no-fear mindset, I resolved to have a resolution. Just one because there’s no need to stress myself out, right? Besides working on ‘fraidy cat issues, there’s a lot I’d like to accomplish this year: publishing my books, writing a new book, continuing my blog, home improvements, better organization, a sense of humor. Yeah. Just one resolution because this list is stressful.

A few days earlier, my husband and I realized that in this very chaotic time of our lives, we need to work on having a sense of humor. Some people find joy an easy state to achieve. They laugh all day and find something funny in everything. Let’s get one thing straight. That. Person. Is. Not. Me.

So is it sad that I skipped right over sense of humor in my resolution list because it’s just too hard? Much easier to create a list of things to do and get busy. I can cross each job off my list when it’s complete. So satisfying! But it’s not laughter or joy…

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” That’s so decisive. I love it. There is another piece of Scripture that comforts my heart and speaks to me in a more personal way. “I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.” Maybe that one from Psalm 31:7 speaks to you, too. Knowing that the living God cares about my troubles and loves me makes the world a more bearable place. It makes today’s confession possible.

I will rejoice.

Whatever life (or one of my littles) throws at me today, I will rejoice. It will take time to make this an automatic response, but because of His unfailing love I know it’s possible.

Can you rejoice in spite of your troubles today?

Whatever happens, I will rejoice in the Lord

Christmas is meant to be a time of celebration, of joy and peace and comfort. Unfortunately, the world we live in and the enemy we face try to destroy that. They take away our joy and replace it with stark panic. We forget that a Savior was born, that He lived and died so we could enjoy the promises of God. We forget to live in the abundant blessing of a loving Creator, and we forget to share the blessing with a hurting and dying world.

My husband came home from work last week with a situation that put me in stark panic. I forgot the blessings, the promises, the assurance of God. Today does not look especially abundant for my family. With a heavy heart and an uncertain future, I turn to the Bible for direction. And I find today’s confession:

Whatever happens, I will rejoice in the Lord.

It reminds me that the battle we fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness, and that the battlefield is in the mind. Paul tells the Philippian church in chapter 3, “Whatever happens, dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord.” I don’t know what those believers faced specifically, but death and mayhem usually played a large role. I am not facing death (though mayhem always worms its way in), so if they could rejoice, I can too. I will rejoice in Jesus for the blessings He gives me.

For today, my children have a warm home and a little bit of food.

For today, my husband can get to work.

For today, I can stay with my littles, hold them tight and take care of them.

And always, I belong to Jesus. I can share my faith with my family and with my readers. I can pray, knowing God hears me and loves me and desires to bless me. Indeed, I will rejoice in the Lord.

What challenges are you facing today? Can you rejoice in the Lord in spite of them?